ClubTest 2013: Ping G25 Hybrid
Ping G25 Hybrid
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 17°, 20°, 23°, 27°, 31° with Ping TFC 189H graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A more rearward CG in the lower lofts makes it easier to get the ball airborne. The CG is more forward in higher lofts to minimize spin. The squared-off low toe and heel provide more forgiveness on off-center strikes.
PLAYABILITY: One of the few hybrids that can be shaped both ways; strong, penetrating trajectory; higher lofts get balls out of rough easily.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A real strength -- dead accurate on long approaches and tee shots, it's easy to build a long game around them; slight misses fly straight, with little curve in either direction.
DISTANCE: Long and strong -- a real fairway buster off the tee; large sweet spot preserves distance on off-center hits, as much as 5 to 8 more yards than the G15; a wide menu of lofts allows you to easily find the proper carry distances.
FEEL: Soft and responsive, with good feedback on all shots; the easy-to-find sweet spot delivers an understated crack at impact.
LOOK: Handsome, midsize, black hybrids are all business with minimal offset; clubface blends into the matte black crown and makes setup a breeze.
Launch and trajectory are too low for a few testers in longer hybrids; a small minority of guys say the higher lofts don't produce the same length as the irons they replace.
BOTTOM LINE: The top-rated hybrid in its class. It delivers superior distance, accuracy/ forgiveness, and looks.
NEXT REVIEW: TaylorMade Stage 2 Rescue